Tuesday, December 6, 2011
You can order a chicken Baby Shara here on our blog. But order right away, as our list of orders to fill in the next three weeks is getting rather alarmingly long!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The case opens like a Shara, only instead of a button and elastic closing it has a small strip of velcro in order for everything to be as flat and light as possible. I had a lime-green bag from fish food, thanks to some pond-owning friends, and best of all the print on the bag was in Spanish! So the case is slick and light and bright and filled with little fishy images and interesting text. We adapted a neck strap design by combining our small bag strap and our wallet elastic closing. The back cover of the passport slides right in to the right side inside flap of the case, making it easy to flip the passport open if it only needs to be shown. When it needs stamping, it can easily be removed from the flap. The flap on the inside left can be left empty for extra lightness, but it could also be used for boarding passes, a stick of gum, or a little piece of paper with a calming mantra written on it for airport trials and tribulations.
These babies aren't in our catalog yet, but if you want us to make one for you, email us at weRpiecework@gmail.com with your needs and ideas. Passport cases cost the same as Sharas-- $18 including postage and handling.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Then when I was in New Hampshire last month visiting my son and his family, he asked me to make a notebook for him to keep notes about his chickens. Naturally he wanted it made out of a Purina chicken feed bag. So now we've decided to start carrying these handy notebooks for you to order.
Here are the features from which you may choose: either a book cover or a book; whatever size you would like-- just tell us length, width, and spine thickness; a coin purse or not; a credit card case or not; and your choice of color, material, etc. You should also specify what kind of paper you want in your notebook: regular writing paper (with or without lines), drawing paper, lightweight watercolor sketching paper, colored paper. If you have a certain kind of paper that you love, tell us what it is and we'll try to find it for you. You can also mix and match paper-- some drawing paper, some lined writing paper, even some tracing paper.
If you order a book cover, the cost is $15 plus $3 shipping and handling. If you want us to make the book sewn into the cover, we will have to add the cost of paper. Unless it's a very expensive paper, the price of the book will range between $ 20 and $30. We think the best way to handle these orders is via email, at least for now. It may turn out that people are pretty standard in their wishes for these books and book-wallet hybrids. In that case we'll make a catalog page for books. So let us know if we can make a wallet-book or a book cover or a book for you. Email us at weRpiecework@gmail.com with your specs.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We just shipped off a box of wallets & things to the new museum shop at the South Bend Art Museum in South Bend, Indiana! So if you're in the South Bend area, be sure to check out the museum and stop by the gift shop to see Piece Works in person and choose your OWN favorite!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I brought the label to the bagel place the next day; Amanda, the worker, liked it and said she would like me to use both labels, one on the front and one on the back (shown here), AND she wanted fuschia to be the featured color.
Well, fuschia is a color that just doesn't show up very much in our materials, but we did find some on an otherwise red bag of dog food, so we trimmed it out in as much fuschia as we could glean from the red bags we had on hand. Whew! Good thing we had another bottle of the pinot to ease the process!
The moral of the story is: even if you think your wallet idea is crazy impossible, tell it to us, and we WILL figure out a way to make it a reality!
Friday, July 8, 2011
The view below shows two more possibilities for these wallets.
And the very bottom image shows the inside of the cat wallet in the first image. It has a Kettle material credit card slot.
Order your Baby Shara on the Big Wallets page. The price is the same as a regular Shara because it takes us just as long to make a little Shara as a big one.
Friday, June 17, 2011
We also have a few new designs in the works-- one that's a small version of our big Shara wallets, one that is a sleeked-down version of our standard wallet, one that's a re-thinking of the Ultra Slim, and one that's a slightly larger version of the already big Shara. As always, these designs are driven by what YOU tell us you want. We really enjoy designing and finding ways of using new materials. So keep your ideas coming! And please let us know how your wallets and things are working for you and what we can do to make them better.
Monday, May 30, 2011
You'll notice that the checkbook cover is being elegantly and professionally held by a super lovely and pale hand that has long fingernails. I found this mannequin hand in my travels through the garment district in NYC with friends recently. It seems to say "This is an elegant business checkbook cover, even if it's made out of a chicken feed bag."
(Note to Sarah and Shara: I'm putting your checkbook cover in the mail tomorrow.)
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In the top photo you see a fully-loaded CLEAR. You can feature a favorite photo or business card, sort of like choosing wallpaper for your phone screen. Notice that there are small bits of text showing on the clear surface. We made this wallet out of some heavy, clear plastic cases that a new pillow and some sheets came in. The manufacturer had carefully printed various warnings on the plastic, so we included them when we cut out the material. Don't want any of you confusing your wallet for a toy and putting it over your nose and mouth! One of the sheet cases had the word "FULL" on clear tape, so we had to include that too, since your wallet will usually be full when you use it and it's good to have that cleared up right away.
The third shot shows how fine your coins and bills and credit cards look under shiny plastic.
We've named this wallet the Patricia after my genius friend who issued the challenge. You can have your own by ordering whichever wallet you want on a catalog page and specifying CLEAR in the notes. Prices are the same for CLEAR as for regular wallets. Any and all of our models can be made CLEAR!
Monday, April 18, 2011
The day I was walking around thinking about this new design, I met up with a friend who handed me a bird seed bag and asked me to make a Shara out of it for her. I mentioned that I was concocting a new version of the Shara, and she liked the sound of it so much that she asked me to make one of those for her. So look below to see photographs of Shara's Mom Susan's Shara's Mom as well as Laurie's Shara's Mom! (You can custom order your own Shara's Mom on the Big Wallets catalog page. And remember, everything is on sale until June 21!)
This is the inside of Shara's Mom's Shara's Mom showing a big coin purse on the left and credit card case on the right (and bill folds under each of these).
This is the outside of Laurie's Shara's Mom, showing one of the coin purses on the front (right side).
And this is the outside of Shara's Mom's Shara's Mom. The lighthouse, which Susan requested, came from a bag of Cape Cod potato chips.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Now for the big question-- what do you do with your recycled wallet when you want to retire it from its active life as a wallet but it still has some life left in it? Here are a few ideas:
1. Make a planter out of it (see the illustration above)
2. Open it out flat, cut a small X in the center and a slit leading from the center of one side to the X; then slip it around the stem of a newly-planted tomato plant to protect it from cutworms and as a mulch.
3. Open it out flat, fold it in thirds, and use the resulting skinny rectangle to cushion a branch of a tree or bush that you need to tie up.
4. Fold it like a small tent, push the tent up against a brick or a piece of garden edging stone, and you have a fine toad house for one of the most useful garden predators around.
5. Open it out so its bright colors show, and hang it in your garden as a scarecrow.
6. Cut it as described in #2, only slip it around the trunk of a blueberry bush as a permanent mulch.
7. Open it out and fill it with potting soil as in the illustration, and use to to start seedlings indoors.
8. Use it to store seeds as you collect them. Put the seeds into small folds of paper, label them, and tuck them into the various pockets and slots of your old wallet for safekeeping over the winter.
These are just some off-the-top-of-our-heads ideas. If you think of others, send them to us in comments, and we'll send a FREE wallet or bag or checkbook cover to the people who send us our five favorite ideas that we get before June 21!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
To encourage you to try our Light Combo, if you order a Small Shoulder Bag and an Ultra Slim, we'll slip a $3 refund into the pocket of the Ultra Slim, put the Ultra Slim inside the Small Bag, and ship the two to you in one light package. This offer is good for spring cleaning time only, March 20 - June 21.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The three wallets here are all currently available, but we predict they won't be around for long! You can order them on any wallet page, but specify "black" as the color and write us a note on the Paypal page or an email to our gmail account saying your first, second, and third choices among the three. We are also happy to custom design an abstract wallet (or any wallet) for you if you email us describing what you want. Some people even mail us bags that they want us to use. If you want to do that, email us, and we'll send you our shipping address. We hope you love the fonts as much as we do!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Even though we're currently deep in the frozen belly of winter, it's nice to think of Laura walking down 7th Avenue wearing her black bag with a breezy summery dress. We love these bags so much, and we think it's amazing how sophisticated and big city our humble materials look! You can order your own on the Small Shoulder Bags page. Specify black and either Kettle or onion bag material. (Black onion bags are getting extremely rare, but we'll do our best.)
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Below the pear wallet is one made from a Kettle's new Tias corn chips bag-- great intensity of color with the strong blue shown here as well as a fine burnt orange.
You can order these wallets in the Kettle and King Arthur section, which we are going to rename Food Bags (as distinguished from Feed Bags) since we're carrying additional kinds of food packaging material now.
Coffee bag material is a heavy film in most cases. If you have a favorite bag, send us a few and we'll make up whatever you want out of it. If you only have one, we can still do the job but will have to piece it out with material we have on hand. if you want it made from your coffee bags only, send us at least three bags.
Our final new material this time is a gorgeous new bird seed bag from an Asheville friend. We've used it here to make our new BIG wallet, called the Shara after the friend who asked us to design it based on a large leather wallet that she had. The Shara has ten credit card slots inside, two billfold cases, a coin purse, and a small notebook. You can order your own Shara on the NEW Big Wallets catalog page. (This is the same wallet we featured a few posts back, so scroll back until you come to the painted version, which also shows the inside.)
Monday, January 10, 2011
These wallets were definitely cases of field surgery, so I was really surprised to see that they looked about the same after nine months of very hard use. I had had no sewing machine or patterns or anything else I usually use to make a wallet. The kids had wanted Kettle wallets just like one I was carrying at the time. So we went to the co-op and bought two bags of blue-flavored Kettle chips. I approximated a pattern and used dental floss to sew the wallets. The boys both wanted small notebooks but no coin purses or credit card cases.